Let’s take a look at Benefit number three:
YOGA FOR BETTER POSTURE
Are you slouching right now, as you read this? Do you always look for something to lean on while standing?
If you do then you must work on your posture. I’m sure you would’ve heard this from your mom or grandparents in the past, but I don’t mind saying it again. Keeping a good posture is extremely important for your spine; after all it’s your spine that supports you all day long!
A bad posture not only results in medical issues like chronic back pain and osteoporosis, it also messes with your confidence and happiness levels! I’m not kidding! The next time you are low on confidence or feeling a little upset notice your posture.
I don’t blame you if your posture needs improvement. It’s our lifestyle these days, like long hours at the desk at work or increased time in the car due to heavy traffic, which takes a toll on our body! Also, we are so distracted with our work or personal life that we don’t think twice about the way we sit or walk!
Here are a few quick Yoga moves that will help strengthen your back and improve your posture.
- Stand with feet shoulder width apart
- Raise the hands above the head and interlock fingers, pressing the palms toward the ceiling, elbows stretched completely. Begin to feel a lengthening of the spine.
- Lift and ribcage and raise the heels, coming onto the toes. Stay in this pose for up to one minute, or as long as is comfortable.
- Lie down on the stomach
- Place the palms next to the chest.
- Begin to raise the chest and and ribcage off the floor, leaving the rest of the body (from hips to toes) on the mat.
- Elbows should be bent and remain tucked into the waist.
- Slowly lower yourself down onto the mat on an exhale.
- Lie flat on your stomach
- Bring your arms behind your back clasping the hands together>Rest the forehead on the ground and relax the whole body.
- Inhale deeply expanding the chest and abdomen as much as possible.
- Begin to lift the shoulders and chest off the mat by contracting the back muscles and tensing the arms. Raise the body as high as you can without causing any strain.
- After a comfortable length of time slowly lower the body to the floor while exhaling. Completely relax the body in the starting position. Allow respiration to return to normal.
- Sit down with legs stretched out.
- Cross your legs with the right knee directly above the left knee.
- Bring the left arm up towards the ceiling, Bend the left elbow, bringing the left hand down the center of the back. Bring the right arm out to the right side, bend the elbow and bring the right arm up the center of the back.
- Hold hands behind the back.
- Draw the pinky finger toward the center of the spine.
- Hold this posture for 30 seconds. Relax the arms.
- Repeat on the other side.